31.08. to 28.09.
Opening Hours: every wednesday 17-19 Uhr
Artisttalk with Dominik Geis on the 28.09.2023
2023 Baustelle Schaustelle art award
Falling Into Places
Janis Löhrer, this year’s winner of the Baustelle Schaustelle art prize, is presenting in his solo exhibition Falling Into Places wall pieces specifically created for the space. The work consists of three parts that work together and independently of each other. With this work, the artist continues his work of an aesthetics of discretion. In various compositions he explores the hidden encounters and passionate acts of homosexuality. On white tiles with blue glaze, numerous arrangements of individual figures, cats and objects were applied, revealing groups in action, between themselves or performing shameful gestures. In these paintings on tiles, the artist refers to so-called cruising, a practice of gay sexuality, which involves the search for a mostly anonymous sexual partner in publicly accessible places for intimate acts. The practice of cruising goes back a long way and is thesubject of a queer-feminist art discourse in theory and practice, which deals with voyeuristic gaze regimes and visual culture. Falling Into Places shows explicit actions and implicit gazes- vice versa, without becoming bold. It is much more about a sensitive approach through delicate brushstrokes to the private, that escapes the public in their entirety: for reasons of shame, insecurity and desire. The beauty and vulnerability of these encounters function as a space that shakes up heteronormative assumptions about homosexual togetherness.
Text by Katharina Bruns